Slide Mountain Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Big Indian, New York that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is best used from January until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,706 feet Route Type: Loop

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A short jog up a 4,000 foot peak in the Catskills and another on your NE 111er list. This is a very easy climb up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. Like other summits in the Catskills the top is wooded but there is an overlook near the top that offers great views over the surrounding hills. You'll also pass through very distinct forest stands on the way to the top.

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2 days ago

Great trail. Fairly easy. We got there early so no too many bugs. It is quite muddy in some spots.

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

Nice quick hike. Sustained incline during the middle section. Buggy this time of year. If you go past the summit down a very steep scramble you‘ll find a natural spring and a cool viewpoint looking in the opposite direction from the ones at the top. The longer leg of the loop section is very muddy, but much more gradual of an angle than the shorter section.

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6 days ago

Very buggy this time of year. We came prepared with head nets but still couldn’t stop for long or we would get swarmed by biting flies. Made the summit not as enjoyable. The view is nice. Not much space at the summit. Most of the hike is an incline with short stents of flat ground. It’s a good beginning of summer hike.

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7 days ago

Bugs weren't so bad in the morning especially with DEET. Rocky scramble to the top. definitely harder trail. the left turn after the first 0.7 mile is closed. so you follow the yellow to red paths for the most direct route. it was okay.

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7 days ago

I wouldn’t say this is a moderate trail, leaning a bit on hard because you’re mostly traversing on jagged rocks especially when coming back down. The gnats are especially bad at this time, The peak at the end is underwhelming but right before it is a side opening that has an amazing view, I suggest dipping into that one if it isn’t preoccupied. Be prepared to see a lot of faces also even though it’s covid19, this trail is heavily trafficked

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8 days ago

The description of this trail is misleading. It was not an easy nor short hike up the mountain. Bugs galore, incessantly uneven terrain with many scrambles and lots of muddy sections to traverse. The summit offers an underwhelming view and we crossed paths with several hikers along the way sans face masks. Giant Ledge just down the road was much more enjoyable.

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8 days ago

The trail is covered in biting gnats that draw blood and leave bright red blood marks! The bug spray recommendation is significant! Other than that, the activity itself is really nice. It’s a strenuous hike up, with no sun and a lot of rocks. We hiked the blue (longer loop half) path on the way back down, where the ground is less rocky for most. Mercifully, the top portion of this bit of return trail is gnat free, and also the best terrain of the hike (boulders and soft steep paths). Once you drop below 3500 elevation though, this half of the loop becomes muddy and very buggy again. Views are quite limited, with one good overlook near the summit (marked on the map). We enjoyed it, but are unlikely to return.

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8 days ago

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8 days ago

Relatively difficult hike but well worth the hike on top of the mountain. Bring bug spray!

8 days ago

Average hike.

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8 days ago

Beautiful hike! We did the yellow-blue-red trails to the summit. The yellow trail was gradual and scenic- highly recommend. The summit itself has a limited view - but there’s a couple trees you can peek through and see the Ashokan. Prior to the summit there’s an outlook with a gorgeous view. We did the red to yellow trails on the way down. Bring bug spray!

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